Wrinkles

Wrinkles ★★★½

A relatively short and overwhelmingly depressing animation about elderlies and their stay at a convalescing home. It focuses on a variety of characters who contain the trademark symptoms of illnesses, including dementia, Alzheimer's, parkinson's and many other unfortunate fates. The story revolves around Emilio, a man in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, as he struggles with denial about the entire thing. He meets a friend in the form of Miguel, the local know it all in the facility. He's also a bit of a con man, using fellow "inmate's" mental aliments to his advantage. Soon, Emilio begins to lose his things, such as his watch, socks, money etc. and of course blames Miguel for this. After Miguel pleads that he had nothing to do with it, and argument leads to their falling out. Emilio begins to show major signs of illness, and once the nurses notice this in a patient, they are sent "upstairs". Which is basically the vegetable ward. Miguel does his best to trick the nurses into either not noticing Emilio's current state, or making them believe he is still just as sharp as ever. This is a great story about friendship and making the best of poor situations. It's a bit disturbing at times, however, all is based in reality. I recommend this film to anyone into animation and coming of age movies. This is also a great film for young people to watch as it raises your tolerance for elders a great deal. Though not as gut-wrenching as "The Plague Dogs", it's one of those animations for sure.

- The Spork Guy

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